Thursday, December 18, 2014

Joel H. Fish

Youth Sports: Picking the right team

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 AM
Youth sports remain a great place to learn life skills. Children who play sports have a great opportunity to learn how to set goals, manage their emotions, work with teammates, handle adversity, and celebrate success. What we know, though, is that just throwing a uniform on a child does not guarantee... Read more

The game within the game: Sherman, Manning and the Super Bowl

Friday, January 31, 2014, 5:30 AM
At first glance, Denver vs. Seattle looks like a matchup that offers little in the way of a Philly fan’s rooting interest. But the presences of Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Denver’s Peyton Manning will see to it that most fans will take a side in time for Sunday’s kickoff... Read more

What the Dolphins' bullying saga teaches us about team culture

Friday, December 20, 2013, 5:30 AM
Much has been written about the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin situation that existed on the Miami Dolphins this season. At present, Incognito has been suspended from the Dolphins for behavior that has been described as bullying. Martin has taken an extended absence from the team for emotional... Read more

Trying out for your first school sports team

Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:39 AM
Do you have a son or daughter who is trying out for a school sports team, or who is playing on a team for the first time? If so, this is certainly an exciting time. Along with the excitement, though, tryouts and being a first-time team member pose some unique mental challenges. Adrenaline is a natural... Read more

Sport Specialization: What your child should know about year-round teams

Friday, July 19, 2013, 5:00 AM
One of the recent trends in youth sports is that children are specializing in one sport, as opposed to participating in a variety of sports, at a younger age. For example, in the ‘70’s, ‘80’s, and ‘90’s it was common for a boy or girl to play soccer in the fall,... Read more

How to be a great sports parent

Monday, June 3, 2013, 6:00 AM
For many parents, the Spring sports seasons for their children are either in full swing or winding down. For youth sport participants, ages 6 to 18, this can be the time of year for great joy or disappointment. As sports parents, how can we best help our children to navigate the highs and lows... Read more

The mental side of running Broad Street

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:29 AM
Whether the race is a sprint, middle distance or a marathon, running is a very mental sport. The sport is mentally challenging because of the confidence, composure, concentration, and often times pushing through physical pain that it requires. The Broad Street Run is challenging in another way because... Read more

Will Cinderella continue to dance?

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5:50 AM
The phenomenon of March Madness continues to grow. For this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, more people submitted brackets than ever before. Viewership of the first weekend’s games was at an all-time high, with people utilizing television, computers, and their phones to catch... Read more

Pistorius case shows athlete ‘heroes’ as real people

Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:01 AM
The Oscar Pistorius story is the latest example of an elite athlete’s alleged behavior dominating both the news and the sports sections of the media. To fans, it’s yet another example of being forced to confront the fact that sports heroes are real people. In my work as a sport psychologist... Read more

The psychology of favorites vs. underdogs

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:28 AM
As they prepare for the Super Bowl, one thing that the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have in common is that both teams overcame the odds in their respective championship games. Both were the visiting teams and had to perform in an environment where over 60,000 rabid fans were rooting against... Read more
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Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Ellen Casey, MD Physician with Drexel University Sports Medicine
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Associate Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
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